This is the place to find the answers to your questions. Interested in how you can register to vote or make copies at your Library? Looking for details on reserving a tutor room, hanging a poster or getting a Library Card? It's all here!
Yes we do. All locations have free WIFI.
Your Dayton Metro Library is the place to meet! There are performance spaces, gathering places, conference rooms and study areas. Whether you need a small, quiet space for study, a larger room for collaboration, or a venue to host an important event – the right size space is available at your Dayton Metro Library. Fees may apply depending on your nonprofit status and on what rooms are requested for rental.
To get started, checkout our Library Spaces page and first review our room usage policies. When you are ready to reserve a space to meet or study call 937.463.2665.
Any resident of the state of Ohio can receive a Dayton Metro Library Card for free. A non-Ohio resident can receive a Card for $25 a year. You can apply for a Library Card in person. When applying in person, please show valid photo identification, such as a driver's license, a state issued identification card, a current student card, or an armed forces identification card. If your ID does not have your current address, please bring verification of address, such as a utility bill or bank statement. You must bring the card in with identification for account verification before checking out library materials.
There is no minimum age requirement to have a Library Card. A parent or legal guardian must sign the card application for anyone under the age of 18. Special Library Cards are available for children participating in our Summer Reading Club.
All new Library Card users will have a ten-item limit for the first eight weeks of membership.
Special cards are also available for teachers, businesses and organizations. Please ask at the library for details.
Can I return my materials to any Branch Library?
Yes, you can return items to any Dayton Metro Library, regardless of which Branch you checked them out from originally.
Yes, you can return items to any Dayton Metro Library, regardless of which library you checked them out from originally.
From January to April each year, we have printed copies of the basic federal and state forms. Other forms are available on the Internet.
Sorry, librarians are experts on finding information but not doing taxes. We can help you find books and Internet sites on taxes but cannot provide any tax assistance or advice.
The world of free digital media is available through the Library and it is easy to use. Just click on the OverDrive icon on our home page in the 'Our Digital Collection' link row or on any page in our site footer. You will see a wide selection of titles. For complete, easy instructions, just click on the help tab. You can be listening to your new audio book in minutes!
Location is listed at the top of the page. You can use the map to find a branch near you or use the sorting tools under the map to see further details. Click here for a list of locations and addresses. You can also get driving directions to each location.
Actually, we renew most items for you. Items you have checked out from the Library will automatically be renewed up to five times. This means you don't have to access your account or call the Library when you want to renew. It also means you won't have overdue fines when you forget or don't have time to renew the items yourself.
Two days prior to the due date, your items will automatically be renewed if no one else has requested them. If we have your email address, you'll get a message letting you know which items are due in two days, and which have been renewed, along with a list of any other materials you currently have checked out.
Most items can be renewed up to five times if there are no outstanding requests. Some items, including Fast Reads and Check Me Out, do not allow five renewals. Materials checked out on classroom cards do not have automatic renewal.
Effective January 1, 2018, there are no overdue fines for Dayton Metro Library materials.
Items checked out and not returned within 21 days past the due date are considered lost and the borrower will be charged the replacement cost of the item.
If the item is not returned within 35 days past the due date, the account is turned over to collections and an additional $10 fee is assessed to the borrower.
If a library card account has $10 or more in charges, the account holder will be blocked from checkout until sufficient payment is made.
Most locations have printers as well as copiers with fax and scanner. To see if a location near you has what you need check out our location amenities.
What is SearchOhio?
If Dayton Metro Library does not have the item you are looking for you can now tap into hundreds of college and public libraries throughout Ohio to find it. Request online for free delivery directly to your local Library. All you need is your Library card.
SearchOhio Borrowing Guidelines
Photograph or photography - for purposes of this policy, photograph or photography means any method of media capture including image, video and audio recordings of any kind or process, including any method of still image or audiovisual capture now or in the future.
Library - for purposes of this policy, Library refers to buildings, property, and vehicles owned or leased by the Dayton Metro Library.
Public libraries are considered a limited public forum – any restrictions on creative expression must be content neutral, narrowly tailored to serve a significant government interest, and leave open alternate channels of communication.
Public areas do not include areas where personal privacy would be expected (i.e. restrooms), or areas and/or events where photographing is prohibited by signage.
In order to safeguard the Library’s patrons, employees, buildings and collections, and to ensure Library business is conducted without disruption, the Library reserves the right to deny or terminate any photography on Library property.
Individuals filming or photographing on Library premises have sole responsibility for gaining all necessary releases and permissions from persons who can be identified in any photograph. The Library undertakes no responsibility for obtaining these releases.
Library sponsored programs, events and classes may be photographed or videotaped for Library promotional or historical purposes.
Researchers and journalists are responsible for obtaining permissions from material owners when photographing copyrighted material in the Library. Additional permissions must be obtained to photograph materials or items in special collections because of complex copyright issues in these areas.
Effective Date 12/20/2017 (AD121)